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Thank you, Harry, I am sure you will enjoy "Medicine Box" as much I do. Robert Rich is a true perfectionist and this album only proves this. All the best... :)

Richard

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Hi drone on, thank you for your kind words!!! I have no idea how to write a bad review... :) I am just a hobby reviewer, I am writing only about music that I like.

Richard

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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Medicine Box" CD by Robert Rich
« on: November 17, 2011, 10:15:54 AM »


Robert Rich "Medicine Box" CD

Ambient icon Robert Rich strikes back with brand new sonic pearl "Medicine Box", released at November 1st, 2011, on his own Soundscape Productions imprint. Following the footsteps of legendary albums like "Propagation", "Seven Veils" or more recent "Ylang", this new album bridges all trademarking ingredients of these masterworks, but also adds other unique and challenging flavors. "Medicine Box" unwraps with "Alba", a sublimely euphoric blend of world fusion and ambient, it's attractively perfumed and richly textured warm, rhythm-charged composition featuring as guest Haroun Serang on guitar, who already contributed to several other Robert's albums. Intro with very intoxicating melody! "Kaaruwana" brings to the stage shimmering wordless voices of Cheri Chuang, a classically trained composer and vocalist, moving from absolutely ethereal and angelic to fragilely whispering ones, beautifully interacting with Robert's crystalline soundscaping, a truly poetic bliss for my ears!!! Strongly organic and colorfully unique "Macula" is dominated by evocative gentle piano and crispy pulsing percussions with notable appearances of Hans Christian on cello (long time collaborator of Robert Rich) and Edo Castro on bass. Chromatic harmonica of Slim Heilpern wonderfully spices "Cornea" and adds western feel to this rather psychedelically eclectic composition. "Crepescule" succeeds magnificently in portraying the power and beauty of Robert's flute magic, with subtle polyrhythms that are joined by poignant cello and cheerful piano. A truly haunting masterpiece evoking yearning and nostalgia!!! "Pollen" is another emotionally moving and heartwarming composition highlighted by Cheri Chuang's heavenly voices and exotic-charged subtle movements. "Callyx" masterfully fuses sensitive melodies with eerie lap steel guitar ambiences. Denser landscapes are explored through "Salamander Quay", showcasing Robert's outstanding skill in expressing emotions through his electroacoustic wizardry and musicality. The journey culminates with almost 11 minutes long epilogue "Helios", painted with magnetizing exotic polyrhythms in the first half, while the second part excels with celestial voices floating above shadowy sonic panoramas. I think this composition displays the best Robert's distinctive sound painting with carefully selected and merged virtuoso performances of Cheri Chuang, Hans Christian and Edo Castro. An absolutely magnificent "all inclusive" blend holding the signature that is only Robert Rich and designed directly for my Ambient Hall Of Fame!!! "Medicine Box" is an ultimate and triumphant shamanistic healing journey with genius performances on every level dedicated to all connoisseurs of world fusion/tribal/ambient essentials!!! Audiophile sound quality and gorgeous 6-panel digipak artwork by the Bergin gang should be immediately awarded too!!!

Richard Gürtler (Nov 17, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Ciao Gigi!!!

I am really happy to see back here, you made my day, my friend!!! Again and again, keep on going and keep on fighting!!! I hope there will be another chapter of your co-work with Andy. By the way, in the meantime I will be very busy listening to your Oophoi re-issues at Databloem's Practising Nature. I just returned from the post-office with my order from Dennis with "Night Currents", "Three Lights At The End Of The World" and second and third parts of "Signals From The Great Beyond". Can't wait to explore them during the coming days!!! All the best and have a nice rest of autumn time in Umbria... :) :) :)

Richard

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Thank you so much for your nice words, Andy, I really appreciate that!!! It was my great pleasure to review yours & Gigi's masterwork!!! I am sending my best wishes also to Gigi, keep on fighting!!!

Richard

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Seren Ffordd + Oöphoi "The Martian Chronicles" CD

Seren Ffordd, in Wales based drone master, has released since 2006 several albums and EPs on Oöphoi's Umbra and Penumbra labels. Now teamed with the Italian drone king for their first collaborative work, "The Martian Chronicles", on Hypnos, where both artists have released several albums (Seren Ffordd on Hypnos Secret Sounds). Sculpted during 2006-2009 and inspired by Ray Bradbury's short science fiction story from 1950, "The Martian Chronicles", released in October 2011 and packaged in attractive 4-panel digipak, is an adventurous and deep sonic exploration merging the talents of Andy Benford aka Seren Ffordd and Gianluigi Gasparetti aka Oöphoi. Nearly 15 minutes long overture, "The Long Years", opens this grandeur voyage with colossally deep drones with invading bells, gongs and extraterrestrial-infused rumblings and resonations. A truly immense soundwalls designed for all aficionados of ultra deep, massive ambience, magnificent!!! With the next, again 15-minute composition, we dive straightly into a chasmic void. "Dead Cities" are painted in the first half with extremely freezing drones and mechanized breathings climbing into the throne of drones, while in the second half the breathings slowly dissolve and some, rather distractive and ominous effects step into the fore and color this ultimate giant drone wizardry. This is stunningly stellar and powerful sound sculpting evoking wonderful sense of spatial emptiness!!! "Blue Fire", another longer piece, keeps on the more active, emerging route, where assorted, mostly otherworldly, at times oddly sounding effects and outbursts enrich the drone. Also few recognizable sounds can be heard, for example something like a trot of a horse. "End Of A Changeling" is shorter, eclectic piece featuring extracts from each track, cut and mixed. "Canals" opens with watery and distant storm sounds that support more free floating drifts, quite relieving and relaxing when comparing to preceding adventurous sonic alchemy. The next composition, "Flamebirds Waiting For The Storm", as its title tells, is flavored with processed bird calls, later the rain and thunder shake the heaven to achieve the most organic environment. Deeply echoed, slow-motion drones with occasional rumblings escape into the darkness of sinkholing "Unremembered" and provide the closing part of this truly absorbing and fantabulous sonic mystery and mastery. "The Martian Chronicles" is purely transcendental listening experience!!! Two drone purveyors are unlocking the gateway of the Void, enter now!!!

Richard Gürtler (Nov 13, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Phillip Wilkerson "Ten To Eleven" CDr

Florida based composer Phillip Wilkerson belongs to more productive ambient artists with longer list of albums, EPs and singles released during the last 5 years. Most of them were released as downloads, but lately some of them are available on CDr format, which is definitely a good news for all of us, die-hard fans of physical products. As for myself, I got in contact with Phillip's soundworlds not long time ago through his heavenly floating ambience on collaborative album with Jourdan Laik entitled "A Dimension Reflected", released in April 2011 on Lotuspike under Time Being project's name. At the beginning of October 2011, Phillip returned again, this time with his brand new solo CDr album, "Ten To Eleven" (mastered by Ben Cox of Lotuspike, photography by Jourdan Laik). Phillip is known for his beautifully relaxing sound sculpting and his newest work is no exception. "All Possible Worlds" unfold the album in absolutely beautiful manner with wall of tranquil free floating and majestic cloudscapes capturing the beauty of skies, a truly picturesque music!!! These warmly inviting tunes overlap into the next piece, "Saturday", but they are attractively enriched by some delicate saxophone-infused sounds. They add brand new dimension to Phil's washes, taking them into more cinematic level. A really nice, captivating composition! Enchanting sonics are explored also on "Complex Silence 15", another warmly floating synth washes while the next composition, "The Heart Has Reasons" is a bit deeper and growing, gradually evolving, but still strongly aerial with emotional drifts to mesmerize the listener. "Blue By Violet" with its serene melancholic drones create a truly evocative and longing feelings bringing back the memories of the legendary "The Lost Pieces". "The Name Within My Heart" is another beautifully waving journey that guides the listener through peace and tranquillity. The next composition, "The Way Home", creates a bit of mystery, yet still idyllically rests on pillowy clouds of immersing synth drifts. Shorter "An Ending (Is A Beginning)" with slightly thicker drones closes finely this strongly imaginative album. The flowing essence of "Ten To Eleven" will undoubtedly relax you, it's highly recommended!!! As stated by the artist and the title of closing piece, "Ten To Eleven" marks an ending and a new beginning in his solo career, so let's wait and see what sonic paintings Phillip Wilkerson will bring to us during 2012.

Richard Gürtler (Nov 12, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Alpha Wave Movement "Myriad Stars" CDr

"Myriad Stars" is brand new album by Gregory Kyryluk, the sole creator of Alpha Wave Movement, released in September 2011 on his own Harmonic Resonance Recordings label. The album fires with deeply drifting "Beacon 1" graciously opening the gates to this joyous intergalactic space odyssey. Spiced with pulsing mid-paced effects it creates warmly inviting atmosphere. Celestial washes open "The Dark Lure", colored with futuristic sonics, this piece quickly transfers into more melodious plateau, gently pulsing and rhythmed electronics with own, trademarking AWM sound sculpting. Well done, Greg! "Beacon 2" utilizes absolutely charming melodies, perfectly balanced with grandeur drifts. Yes, this is AWM at his most sophisticated craft exploring the depth of extraterrestrial realms! Then follow two parts of "Gravity Well Flux", with the first one being rather more deeper and mysterious, while the second part is progressing into active texture in shimmering Berlin School EM fashion, simultaneously atmospheric and driving. "Beacon 3" incorporates hauntingly dreamy airwaves with semi-melodic elements and angelic choir-like sounds, a true celestial beauty in my ears! "Anatomical Universe" is attractively painted with free floating stratospheric ambience and later joined by ear-catching kinetic rhythms, undoubtedly the most moving composition on this trip, again with skillfully bridged dreamy atmospheres and pulsing melodies. "Singularities" drifts into deeper space enriched ocassionally by various bubling cybernetics and processed heavenly choirs, later semi-melodious patterns are added, definitely a true masterpiece!!! Over 14 minutes long "Star Birth" remains in the deeper and vast territories with its warmly aerial and absorbing skyscapes with fragile sonic gurgles, later invaded by sharper, crystal clear space melodies. Another highly elegant and magnetizing sculpting! "73 74 61 72" is the closing composition enriched with space rumblings, hisses, gurgles..., rather intense and sonorous, more experimental texture, colored also by various processed radio transmissions, adventurous outro! "Myriad Stars" by Alpha Wave Movement is another fine space/ambient album demonstrating potential, craft and musicality of Gregory Kyryluk, it's highly recommended sonic journey to look deeper into the vast expanse of the universe!!!

Richard Gürtler (Nov 06, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Robert Rich: Medicine Box (2011)
« on: November 08, 2011, 01:16:00 PM »
Just arrived today and giving first few spins to "Medicine Box" CD, it's magnificently organic and evocative sonic journey!!! Robert Rich (with his guests) returns again at the very top of his tribal/world fusion/ambient wizardry!!! Looking forward to more explorations of his medicine...

Richard

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Erik Wøllo "Silent Currents (Live At Star's End)" 2xCD

This gorgeously looking 6-panel 2CD digipak (photos by Erik Wøllo and Chuck van Zyl, design by Sam Rosenthal), released in September 2011, features on each CD a live radio performance at Star's End, legendary radio show delivering ambient music in the Philadelphia area since 1976. Utilizing processed electric guitars and guitar synthesizers, analog and digital synthesizers, Erik unfolds for all his listeners beautifully floating and emerging atmospheres and zones with hints of more active textures. Definitely colored with more deeper and droning environments than we are used to hear on previous works of this highly renowned Norwegian composer. Disc One documents Erik Wøllo's live-to-air performance at April 27th, 2002, with 12 untitled compositions. It graciously floates from deeply evocative and longing pieces with expressive guitars ("Part 2", "Part 3", "Part 10") through spiraling aerials ("Part 4", "Part 6") to more quiet and serene spacewashes ("Part 5"), from more monumental ("Part 1"), nearly orchestral pieces ("Part 8") through rather tranquilizing ethereals ("Part 7", "Part 12") to hauntingly tribal-infused ("Part 11") or heart beat groove perfumed piece ("Part 9"). Quite colorful batch of compositions showcasing Erik's highly sensitive touch and craft to fuse wonderful atmospheres with radiant guitar arrangements. Disc Two, recorded at October 28th, 2007 and consisting of 14 sections, enters the stage with abyssal intro, that later shifts into more mechanizing and progressing level, yet still deeply evocative and hypnotic. "Part 2" remains on the darker route, while "Part 3" features minimal, but highly effective and absorbing high-tech grooves, magnificent! "Part 4" dives into more organic realms with bubling heart beats and expressive guitars, a truly subterranean sonic adventure! Slowed-down grooves on "Part 5" attractively color the deeper drifts. Ethereal and slightly dramatic "Part 6" evokes highly imaginative sky high odyssey while "Part 7" is painted by some spooky cosmic soundscapes. This sonic tension is easily relieved through "Part 8" with its more breathing and colossal texture and yearning guitar riffs. Strongly aerial and mesmerizing "Part 9" is gently enriched by some quiet pulses on the background. High-tech grooves, organics and guitars are the main flavors of the following three pieces, with "Part 12" being the most expressive and melancholic. Watery sounds on "Part 13" soon traverse into sequenced high-tech bubling trancey tune, a truly submersible journey! "Part 14" with stratospheric ambience graciously closes this exciting sonic adventure loaded with skillful arrangements and superb performance merging electronics with guitars. Erik Wøllo crosses on "Silent Currents" wider spectrum of moods, distinctively blending darker and lighter elements into musically superior masterpiece!!! An ambient/electronic ace at his finest!!!

Richard Gürtler (Nov 01, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Wassonic" CDr by Wassonic
« on: October 31, 2011, 11:29:42 AM »


Wassonic "Wassonic" CDr

Wassonic is brand new collaborative project from Canada involving Vancouver based ambient guitarist Terrence O'Brien of Anomalous Disturbances project and Matthew Poulakakis, sound designer from Toronto, who runs number of solo projects like Automatic Fats, Salvagesound or Meota. Released in May 2011 on Terrence O'Brien's Disappearing Music label. Canadian ambient scene gathered around Toronto's The Ambient Ping is more than lively and this album is one of the best proofs. Terry and Matthew are blending on their debut album, consisting of three long-form recordings, deeper and highly evocative nocturnal soundscapes with hauntingly sea breezing trancey tribal elements. "Factory Florist", 23-minute long starter, moves through various, slightly evolving, coiling and departing stages, at times more tensive, with always apparent gently pulsing beats and ocassional industrialized and futuristic effects enriching vast dronescaping. Hypnotizing and tranquil rhythms with few infectious trumpet-like sounds perfectly spice the deeper drone on the next composition, "Tree Frog Poison". This strongly lively, rich and night-blooming composition creates a truly relaxing, warmly inviting and absorbing light tribal atmosphere. Assorted environmental recordings, some of them reminding whale calls, precisely color dreamy soundwaves on "Signalfish". Listening to this closing composition evokes absolutely fascinating deep-sea submarine journey encountering most remarkable and spectacular adventure to explore the little known underwater world and its inhabitants. Space-opening sound magic at its most imaginative!!! Wassonic is without doubt highly recommended collaborative effort of two talented Canadian sound sculptors!!! In the meantine, new Wassonic tracks are in the works to be released sometime next year. And on the top of that, 2011 re-release of the 2002 debut album from Anomalous Disturbances entitled "The Spirit Molecule" is now available in download format, hopefully a CDr edition will follow soon. Anyway, excellent job, guys!!! Go Canada Go!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 31, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Independent Music Reviews / Re: My review of "Dato" CD by Tomas Weiss
« on: October 20, 2011, 07:51:09 AM »
Anthony, thank you so much for your kind words and your suggestion. Usually, I mention release year only when reviewing older CDs, otherwise when making a review of brand new release like "Dato" I simply don't mention this info. But I have to think about it, just the same about the label. The very first website to which I post my reviews is Discogs, where each review is connected to database for each release, so all these additional infos are available. But yes, when I post these reviews to Hypnos or Relaxed Machinery, these infos might be missing. Thank you for reading my reviews and all the best... :)  And looking forward to the next Nunc Stans album!!!

Richard

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Independent Music Reviews / My review of "Dato" CD by Tomas Weiss
« on: October 18, 2011, 10:26:50 AM »


Tomas Weiss "Dato" CD

"Dato" is the first solo effort of Tomas Weiss since his 2006 release "Original Mitschnitte" on El Culto. In the meantime active in many other collaborative projects with Mathias Grassow (also as Nautic Depths), Anthony Paul Kerby or Annemarie Borg (as Thamnos). "Dato" unfolds impressively with over 15 minutes clocking epilogue entitled "Illuscape", a highly imaginative and freshly breathing deep organic ambience, finely colored with various sharp or pulsing crystal clear sound effects, rather minimal than colossal, but extremely effective to my ears!!! Eclectic strings, percussions and strange sounds open "Creeping Hazard" that keeps its diversified odd structure all the way with emerging and ever-changing dramatic passages. "Vague Unrest" is highly meditative tune with significant gongs backed by shadowy drones with slowed-down pulses, later freely transforming into slightly more massive soundwalls flavored with tinkling and echoed metallic sounds, deeply mysterious masterpiece!!! Title composition "Dato" is invaded by machinelike gurgles that soon change into varied blend of high-tech sonic experiments and choir-like sounds with some exotic fragrance thrown in, at the very end jumping into much calmer acoustic texture. "Dato" is sonic chamaeleon!!! Futuristic drifts on "Observer" are supported by mechanized substances and ocassional choirs on the background, this is another highly absorbing soundscape obscured by mist! "Agape" unfolds silently, but eclectic industrial experiments step in as well as Middle East femme voices, a really stirring mixture of deep soundclouds, sharp factory sounds and exotic aroma, magnificent sonic excitement is guaranteed!!! "Stille" closes this strongly captivating journey with highly evocative drifts richly colored with rainy and other environmental sounds (Mathias Grassow is credited for sound support on this piece), what a graciously floating finale!!! "Dato" is without doubt spectacularly strange, but enormously attractive, challenging and intriguing. It displays superb technical skill and amazingly executed sound sculpting by Tomas Weiss. A truly virtuoso performance, musically, sonically and visually (design by Theo Rabou)!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 18, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Aglaia "Nights In Nubiland" CD

Gino Fioravanti and Gianluigi Toso, the two Aglaia's sonic collagists, deliver on Hic Sunt Leones their 8th solo album, released at the same time with their celebrated "Vayu Rouah" collaboration with Alio Die. Aglaia returns again with their truly unique motionless sound wonderfully capturing the essence of fantastic late night journey through the woodlands, their pure electronic soundscapes are very personal, intimate and deeply evocative. "After Midnight" and "Hyperborea" are first two pieces with tranquilly circling ambience, perfectly setting meditative atmosphere for this idyllic and picturesque night trip. "Milosis" is enriched with few glitchy, hissy and strange sounds, with some of them reminiscent of voices- or cicadas-like sounds and with its sound painting it evokes the magic of nocturnal wildlife. "Centrum Terrae" slips into wonderfully drifting and rotating ethereal mode, just like the following "Celephais", with slightly gloomier touch, but again a truly fantabulous travel into the dreamlands!!! Highly imaginative "Tupia" floats in the more environmental terrain, but remaining very deep and dark, definitely another standout piece here! "Amneran Land" sounds lighter with echoed watery sounds and even if quite cavernous, it's still warmly organic and breathing, one of the most tranquil and splendid passages of the album. "Aurora" brings the album at its end into more mysterious, but dawn panoramic sceneries. "Nights In Nubiland" is richly and distinctively sculpted sonic travelogue displaying refined and infinite artistry of these admired and talented Italians. And on the top of that, Aglaia's gracious soundscapes are beautifully exhibit by 6-panel digipak containing stunning photographies by Sara Luciani, Veronica Marioli and Alberto Mari. Album "Nights In Nubiland" is magnificently natural and captivating listening experience, it's fully rewarding if you explore all its hidden treasures!!!

Richard Gürtler (Sep 24, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Soriah with Ashkelon Sain "Eztica" CD

Enrique Ugalde aka Soriah with Ashkelon Sain return with their brand new journey entitled "Eztica", their second album on Projekt, and follow-up to their phenomenal "Atlan" from 2009. "Eztica" unfolds with euphoric and high-spirited "Iix" freshly blending energizing tribal percussions with gothic-infused Ashkelon Sain's guitars and Soriah's highly suggestive vocals, with lyrics, same as on "Atlan", in Aztec language of Nahuatl, all that backed by gorgeously floating grandeur washes. Absolutely magical, blissful and unique overture, amigos!!! Shorter "Ticochitlehua" dives straightly into deeper and mysterious primordial terrains with Soriah's whispering voices. Title composition "Eztica" opens with heavenly drifts and wordless voice magic and prayers with native feel, later more explosive textures invade along with Soriah's Tuvan throat-singing wizardry. Amazingly adventurous interactions of the ancient and the modern!!! Dark ritual "Nica Anahuatl" is finely enriched with choir-like sounds, various bells, percussions and deep organics. Bowed strings, flutes and expressive voices lead "Ehecatl", another deeply evocative genius performance!!! Shorter "Chocatiuh" blends rainy sounds with ethereal guitars and bowed stringed instruments of Tuva. Strong Ashkelon Sain's darkwave ingredients on "Ximehua" are masterfully melted with hypnotic tribal rhythms, voice magics and bowed strings to capture purely ecstatic goth/shamanic sonic experience!!! "Temicteopan" is the most exotically fragranced composition with significant fragile string magics and Soriah's whispers, a deeply mysterious one, blending Aztec and Tuvan musical traditions!!! "Xiuhcoatl" is another energizing and rhythm-infused masterpiece with all Soriah's and Ashkelon Sain's trademarking ingredients, it showcases again highly effective interplay of grandiose vocal performance, dramatic percussions and imaginative atmospherics, definitely one of the most highlighting compositions on this ride!!! Deeply evocative instrumental "Omeyocan" blends echoed nostalgic strings with suggestive native flute work. Field recordings introduce "Amochantzinco", where orchestrals are supported by hauntingly beautiful vocals, percussions, guitars, bowed strings and flutes, all uniquely melted in fresh palette of sounds and atmospheres, a truly majestic closer!!! The flow of this exotic sonic universe moves through many emotions to touch listeners deeply, "Eztica" is also more accessible due to its stronger darkwave approach when comparing to more mystically and ritually spiced "Atlan". To me, "Eztica" most likely doesn't top "Atlan", but it gets very very close to it and it grows on me with each listening session. Fascinating, galvanizing and magical sonics effectively join the cultural roots of Aztec and Central Asia with the present, all that portrayed by stunningly eye-catching artwork, one of its kind sonic and visual adventure!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 16, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Hypnos News and Announcements / Re: Hypnos 2011 outlook
« on: October 15, 2011, 01:13:17 AM »
Really nice line-up of upcoming projects and releases on Hypnos, Mike, congratulations!!! For exmaple, I am very happy to see Bruno Sanfilippo landing on Hypnos with "Urbs", I am really looking forward to all these releases!!! All the best and good luck with all of them... :)

Richard

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Strom Noir "October Reversed" 3"CDr

Slovak guitar drone wizard Emil Maťko aka Strom Noir lands with his brand new "October Reversed" 3"CDr EP again on homeland label Ambsine, which is responsible also for his "Luvyoo" album released back in 2009. Strom Noir has received in the meantime enough positive vibes across the borders with his two albums on UK label Hibernate Recordings, "Sen Zimnej Noci" and "Dni Stratili Svoju Farbu". Strom Noir unwraps the album with composition entitled "October", based on rather rawer buzzing looped drones providing denser impact and obscured by hazy autumn weather that is nicely supported by the cover artwork (photography by Peter Nejedlı). A bit of supernal tones and field recordings on the background invade this piece towards the end to emphasize its panoramic mood. "Burning Out" starts by far more natural with repetitive acoustic guitar rifts to capture warmer and actively breathing ethereal feel with dreamy and environmental soundclouds to enrich this composition. Beautifully gracious, mesmerizing and evocative "Burning Out" showcases Emil Maťko/Strom Noir at the very top of his craft, this must be one of the most splendid pieces he ever did!!! Slow motion and static, but slenderly tighter drones dominate the closing "Reversedday", a truly hypnotizing mindtrip!!! "October Reversed" is as much colorful as every autumn, when we look forward to see the changing color of trees. The colors are at their best, just like Strom Noir did with this EP. I can only strongly recommend this highly capable artist, who has in the pipeline several new releases, so stay tuned!!!

Richard Gürtler (Oct 09, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Just ordered!

As always, Gigi, keep on fighting... >:(...!!! Our fingers are crossed for you, our dear friend!!!

Richard

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Tomas Weiss & Anthony Paul Kerby "Appearances" CDr

"Appearances", (CDr on Musical Philosophy label, download version via DataObscura) is the brand new follow-up to Tomas' & Anthony's premiere co-work "Distant Shadows" on the Construct label (released April 2011). This digipak release firstly attracts with its very nice cover image created by Jesse Harrison. The album, which consists of 10 pieces titled "Vision 1-10", begins with a shorter ethereal introduction that crosses almost unrecognized into "Vision 2" with the same mood, but later evolves into deeper drifting and tense configurations. "Vision 3" floats on similarly tight airwaves, but is gently enriched by assorted futuristic sound effects with a cascading texture. It slowly evolves into a massive soundwall effectively supported at the end by angelic choirs. An absolutely fascinating stratospheric odyssey!!! As magnificent is the next composition, "Vision 4", with deeply droning, free floating expansive and absorbing delicate soundscapes! Gradual tension unfolds "Vision 5", which slowly fades into rather motionless, but evolving dronescapes. Another highly mesmerizing composition heading into colossal territories and a pure masterpiece precisely interacting with album's cover artwork!!! Shorter "Vision 6" quickly returns into more organic worlds, enriched with hints of modern classical influences. "Vision 7" dives into abyssal depths of the ocean with deep, but evolving drones. The tension of this 12-minute opus gets tighter and tighter, enriched by circulating and pulsing hissy sound effects and sharply sounding industrial outbursts and disorders. At its highest peak it reaches massive soundwalls, painted with metallic and otherworldly transcendental sounds, presenting Tomas & Anthony at the throne of drone artistry. Pure bliss!!! "Vision 8" keeps the vast and intense magnificence of its predecessor, but is slightly more active with a less monumental texture, and at the end colored with razor sharp sonics. The next piece, "Vision 9", stays in rather quieter and static soundclouds, yet deeply drifting and layering into a massive palette of sounds. Grandiose, intense and powerful!!! Closing "Vision 10" is painted with more tranquil colors. A very relaxing and relieving outro of this highly fascinating and imaginative adventure. Definitely another huge one from Tomas Weiss & Anthony Paul Kerby!!! And be prepared for more, because these two guys have scheduled another co-work, this time between Anthony's Nunc Stans and Tomas' Nautic Depths (with Mathias Grassow). I think we couldn't ask for more.

Richard Gürtler (Oct 02, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / New EP by Strom Noir
« on: October 07, 2011, 04:18:09 PM »


Slovak drone ambient project Strom Noir returns with brand new "October Reversed" EP CDr on Ambsine label, released on October 1st, 2011. Available in limited edition of 86 pieces, each copy is hand-numbered and signed by Emil Maťko/Strom Noir. For more infos, please visit:

http://stromnoir.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.stromnoir.blogspot.com/
http://www.discogs.com/Strom-Noir-October-Reversed/release/3145821

Thank you for your interest!!!

Richard

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